Lying in a hospital bed bruised and battered, Houston attorney Jim Harris gave his videotaped statement the morning he was struck by the car driven by Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland.
The department released the video to the media after a direct request from Local 2.
Harris, who was walking to work when he was hit last month, says after being knocked into the next lane and losing his breath he communicated with the chief.
"The officer said, 'I'm sorry I didn't.' He said uh, 'I had the green light,'" Harris recounted to two officers. "I said 'I had the right of way to go.' We just had a little brief one of those. I did have the right of way to go."
Local 2 also requested the chief's phone records 30 minutes before the accident and 30 minutes after. We received three pages with 70 entries. All but two, including times of the calls, were redacted.
Local 2 legal analyst Brian Wice says the calls could become public record if Jim Harris pursues legal action.
"If this case does see the inside of a civil courtroom," said Wice, "There's going to be litigation, if in fact this case does see the inside of a courtroom to determine who the chief called"
Wice also believes Harris' videotaped statement would play a big role if the incident winds up in court.
Harris declined to comment on the phone records of the release of his videotaped statement. He told Local 2 he isn't thinking about any possible legal action right now because he's just trying to heal from a broken arm.